Language and Nationalism
Nationalism is the aspirations for national independence in a country under foreign domination.
According to Johann Gettfried Herman, a German Philosopher “A nation cannot exist without its language”. Indeed, many times in the World History proved that statement.
Three hundred thirty three years, the Philippines was conquered by the Spaniards. More than 100 hundred bloody revolutions took place but none of these succeed due to the lack of unity of the Filipinos. In 1887, the book Noli Me Tangere was published written by our very own National Hero, Dr. Jose P Rizal. This book serves as a canon making the Spanish Empire collapsed. At the same time a torch that lit the cold hearts of the Filipino people. Two years after Rizal’s death, we attained our freedom from the Spain.
The book Uncle Tom’s Cabin became the basis of democracy in the United States of America, which according to Rizal “the Land par of excellence of freedom but only for the whites”. Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author, wrote one of the best-selling- book in world that depicts the reality and brutality of slavery in the US.
George Grant, the Father of nationalism in Canada also uses the most powerful tool, language, to attain the true identity of Canada as a sovereign country. His book “Lament of a Nation”. Though he said in his book that Canada is a dying country, this negativity opened the eyes of the people to cling more to Britain since the former gave them independence and their culture depended on it.
We can conclude that language is a tool to unite and a tool to destroy. A tool that can unite the broken pieces of a country and a tool to destroy the invaders that threatens their freedom.
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